Shawnee State University Business Plan Competition

Turn your dreams of starting your own business into reality.

How it Works

Form your team.

At least one member of your team must be affiliated with Shawnee State University (student, faculty, staff member, alumni).

Register to compete.

Complete the online registration form by March 16 to get started.

Attend workshops and mentor sessions.

Our team will work with you during the process.

Develop your plan.

Each team will be asked to submit a business plan with no more than 10 pages of content and no more than 5 pages of appendices. Each plan will be judged, with successful teams progressing in the competition.

Pitch your finished plan.

In the final round of competition teams will be asked to give a 10-minute presentation on their plans to an audience consisting of judges and potential investors.


Venture Proposals may be located anywhere in the United States; however, competitors should note that many in-kind prizes will only be applicable in the Southern Ohio Region. Eligible plans may include any legal, before-revenue venture with significant economic growth contribution.

The following businesses are not acceptable in the competition:

1. Bail Bond Service
2. Recreational Entertainment Facilities
3. Bowling Alleys, Golf Courses, Amusement Parks, etc.)
4. Independent Hospitality (non-flag hotels)
5. Gas Stations
6. Check Cashing Facilites
7. Coin and Stamp Dealers
8. Firearm Dealers
9. Fraternities and Sororities
10. Airlines
11. Independent Income Tax Preparation Services
12. Independent Insurance Agencies
13. Independent Sales
14. Gambling Establishments/Casinos
15. Limousine or Taxi Services
16. Pawn Shops
17. Professional Billing Services
18. Small Securities Brokers
19. Syndicated Tax Shelter Programs
20. Tanning Salons
21. Time Share Sales

22. Travel Agencies
23. Dry Cleaning Businesses
24. Used Car Dealers
25. Voice Mail Services and Computer Bulletin Board Services
26. Door-to-Door Sales Enterprises
27. Flea Markets or Swap Meets
28. Mail or Telephone Order Sales
29. Neighborhood or Home Party Type Sales
30. Sales Generated from Residential Addresses
31. Telemarketing Firms
32. Health and Fitness Clubs or Spas
33. Independent Management / Consulting Firms
34. Housecleaning Services
35. Restaurants, Nightclubs, and Bars
36. Buy-Outs
37. Expansions of Existing Companies
38. Real Estate Syndications
39. Franchises
40. Licensing Agreements for Distribution in a Different Geographical Area
41. Spin-Outs from Existing Corporations

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